East Windsor High School student Madison Masters took the 3rd place award at the 73rd Model Congress at American International College in Springfield, Mass. East Windsor students joined more than 200 high school students from schools throughout Massachusetts, Conn., Vt., and New York for the three-day event.
Masters will receive a four year quarter scholarship to AIC, valued at more than $20,000.
Other East Windsor students participating in the Model Congress included, Allison Rodrigue, Timothy Sauerhoefer, Ramis Saleem, Samantha Couture, Clay Harman, Jennifer Piekos, Marissa Simonelli, Melanie Byrne, Shannon Henderson, Gabrielle, Ladany, Liam Noble and Wayne Osborne. Andrew Masters is the faculty advisor.
The AIC Model Congress, the longest running event of its kind in the country, began Thursday, Jan. 10 with an emergency session at the Springfield Sheraton. On Friday, student legislators met in committees to debate and vote on a variety of legislation, including bills aimed at increasing voter turnout, raising tariffs on imported goods, and increasing U.S. oil production.
The East Windsor delegation submitted a bill aimed at increasing domestic energy security and oil production, and another, the Fair Education Standards Act, to amend punitive measures and achievement mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act.
Bills that passed in committee were taken up in House and Senate sessions on Saturday. The Awards Banquet was held Saturday evening.
Model Congress is organized and run entirely by AIC students, while AIC faculty and staff members judge the participants on their debating skills and knowledge of parliamentary procedure.